Signs of Dental Disease
We want to educate pet owners about what dental disease can look like. Signs of dental disease can include bad breath, loose or discolored teeth, drooling, or bleeding. You may also notice your pet eating one kibble at a time or dropping food while it is eating. Your pet may shy away when you reach toward its head or be reluctant to play with toys due to the pain it is feeling.
Dental disease is progressive; here we describe and identify the stages of dental disease.
No halitosis, reddening, swelling, and plaque.
This is the initial stage of dental disease. This is the ideal time to clean, polish, and fluoride the teeth.
In stage II, the gingivitis has worsened and the gums are now infected. This infection is starting to eat away at the gums and periodontal ligament. The plaque has hardened and is now called tartar. Halitosis, or bad breath, will be noticeable at this point.
Pets with stage III dental disease are experiencing more severe infection, leading to bleeding and loose teeth. The pet may experience behavioral changes due to pain. At this stage periodontitis may be irreversible.
In stage IV, the teeth are so diseased that they may start falling out or need to be extracted. The infection has become so severe that it has eaten away at the gum and bone tissue causing the roots to be exposed.
Owners have reported that their pets act younger or livelier once their dental issues have been resolved. No matter the stage, make an appointment for a free pet dental health evaluation to make sure your pet’s mouth is healthy and stays that way.
Posted Saturday, January 10, 2015